Wisteria, goldenrod and green teal thistle aren’t exactly common interior paint colors. But Deb and Dick Koesters are crazy about the mix.
“Lots of color and lots of outdoors coming in definitely were musts,” Deb says of the decorating scheme for their 13-year-old home on 1½ wooded acres along Parkwild Drive in Council Bluffs.
The kitchen was the first room to be painted — in misty green. The master bedroom came next, in teal with wisteria and goldenrod accents.
Three years ago, the living room, which already had a goldenrod accent wall, got a bold stroke of wisteria “but only because the ceiling drywall started to peel and crack. Something had to be done,” Deb says. “So we brought in our son Tony and scaffolding and started painting.” It was a Herculean feat, with walls soaring 25 feet.
“It took me two months to decide the colors in the living room because I was going to have to live with it for a while,” Deb says. “I wanted to keep the gold accent wall, so I just reached across the color wheel and landed on wisteria.”
She was right on trend. In 2018, Pantone declared a similar hue, Ultra Violet, its Color of the Year.
The homeowners enjoy updating their interior wall colors every five years or so. Furniture, however, tends to stay in place.
“The configuration in the living room especially works, so why change it up?” Deb says.
Original works of art, most by the homeowners themselves, enliven walls, corners and tabletops.
Deb, a fiber artist, specializes in felted rugs, upholstery, wall hangings, and 3-D forms. Dick is a metal artist who also dabbles in contemporary paintings on canvas. Ninety percent of the living room gallery wall holds large works that Dick and Deb created especially for the space.
Art and artifacts from the couple’s travels add another unique dimension. Among the standout architectural remnants is a hand-carved table from India, disassembled to create a mantel for the hearth and chunky spindle sconces.
Look up, and you’ll spy another curiosity: Antique wooden shutters with intricate latticework, providing a window to the living room from the second-floor guest bedroom.
“They’re from India and they’re quite old. We hauled them home from Florida one year knowing just where they would go,” Deb says.
When the shutter width proved too narrow for the space, the couple added ribbons of marbled glass to fill the gap. The detail is especially lovely when viewed from the bedroom — latticework in silhouette with those wisteria walls peeking through.